Tesco has confirmed James Davis MW has been appointed as category buying manager for wine.

Off Licence News reported yesterday that the retailer was bringing Davis back to its team from Greene King, where he worked for seven years, having been wine buying manager at Tesco from 2004 to 2007. He has also held a similar buying role at Costco.

His appointment means a Master of Wine will again be at the retailer’s helm, following in the footsteps of Laura Jewell MW, who moved to the top job at Wine Australia UK earlier this year.

He will report to head of BWS Gavin Warburton, who said: “James’ broad experience will bring valued skills to the wine team. We look forward to welcoming him and working together to continue to bring excitement, quality and value for money to our customers in the wine aisle.”

UK and group wine category manager Alain Guilpain is understood to be leaving the business along with Lucy Clements, wine product development manager, who is moving to Australia to take up a buying role with supermarket chain Coles.

Graham Nash and Charlotte Lemoine are staying in their roles as product development managers, while James Griswood will continue with a sabbatical he took up with Origin Wines in South Africa in January. 

Warburton said: “We have had to make a number of changes to the team over the last few months so I would like to thank everyone in the BWS team, both those staying on at Tesco, and outgoing members, for all the hard work and professionalism they have shown throughout this time.”

Tesco has also confirmed the names of the category buying managers across the remaining alcohol sectors.

David Coulshed has been appointed to head up spirits, Pete Bexton will oversee beer, while Chris Gee has been named category format manager.